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'Disconnected youth' is a growing crisis
About one in eight young people in America are considered to be “disconnected”, which refers to those young people who are neither working nor attending school. “Disconnectedness” encompasses overlapping forms of disadvantage pervading a child’s most formative years – standing between these youths and work or school are violence in their communities, underfunded schools, segregated housing and simply an absence of supportive peers and adults in their lives.

Many Washington foster kids become homeless. Tennessee may have found a solution.
Across the country, young people who age of foster care fall into homelessness at appalling rates; more than one third of Washington’s foster kids become homeless after leaving care. Tennessee has found success in fighting this trend by spending more on caseworkers, who can then spend more time helping foster kids get jobs, apply for school and learn independent life skills like how to get and keep an apartment.

Report finds $23 billion racial funding gap for schools
A new report finds that predominantly white school districts received $23 billion more than predominantly non-white school districts in state and local funding in 2016, despite serving roughly the same number of students. Redesigning the way schools are funded is one of the most important steps we can take to create more equitable education outcomes for young people of color.